Jevan Snead may make it in the NFL, but it won't be with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tampa Bay cut Snead after just one day of training camp Saturday. As of Monday afternoon, Snead had not been picked up by any other NFL team, according to the list of transactions on the league's Web site.
Snead entered camp under heavy criticism after an up-and-down junior season in which he tossed as many interceptions (20) as touchdowns at the University of Mississippi. Once considered a possible first-round pick, stock in the 2005 Stephenville High School graduate dropped rapidly. He went undrafted before Tampa Bay quickly signed him to a two-year free agent deal.
But the Bucs, who were already young at quarterback - starter Josh Freeman is entering his second season - decided not to invest in the continued development of Snead, making him the first NFL QB to be cut as all teams began training camp last week. He was one of two players cut by Tampa Bay, as offensive tackle James Williams was also let go. The Tampa Tribune reported they were released to make room on the 80-man roster for first-round draft pick Gerald McCoy, a defensive tackle from Oklahoma, and veteran offensive lineman Donald Penn.
Snead was widely considered one of the top quarterbacks in Texas and the nation as a high school senior. Recruiting services were wowed by both the Stephenville product and Highland Park's Matt Stafford. They met in the state semifinals where Highland Park won in the last minute before claiming the 2005 4A Division I championship a week later.
Stafford went to Georgia and left school early to become the No. 1 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. He isn't the only top-tier QB Snead has crossed paths with.
Snead originally planned to attend Florida, but changed his commitment to Texas once it was learned that Tim Tebow was Florida-bound. He lost a battle for the starter's job to Colt McCoy at UT and quickly transferred to Mississippi.
Once at Ole Miss, Snead burst onto the scene, leading the Rebels to a Cotton Bowl victory over Texas Tech as a sophomore. Draft prognosticators said the former Yellow Jacket could possibly soar as high as No. 1 on many teams' draft boards after his junior year.
But it wasn't meant to be. Snead struggled with turnovers as a junior, and despite leading Ole Miss to another Cotton Bowl win, NFL scouts were left unimpressed.